Park Radio’s Eye transmitter approved by council

Diss, Norfolk. Becky Jago opens a Park Radio 28-day temporary broadcast in 2011, pictured with Dave Williams, John Cross and Chris Moyse ENGANL00120110905122846

Diss, Norfolk. Becky Jago opens a Park Radio 28-day temporary broadcast in 2011, pictured with Dave Williams, John Cross and Chris Moyse ENGANL00120110905122846

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A bid to bring a full-time radio station to Diss, Harleston and Eye has received a further boost after a council gave the green light on their third and final transmitter.

Mid Suffolk District Council approved plans for a transmitter at Hartismere School, Eye for Park Radio, which was awarded a five-year full-time broadcasting licence by regulator Ofcom in June 2015.

There has been a lot of hard work, because planning can be a nightmare, but certainly we had support from South Norfolk Council and Mid Suffolk District Council in our ambition and objectives

It will allow the radio station to broadcast to more than 80,000 people. Park Radio has now advised Ofcom of frequency clearance, which will determine the two FM frequencies used to broadcast to the three towns.

Chris Moyse, Park Radio director, said this could take between two and six months, allowing the prospective new station to fundraise.

“We are thrilled that the three planning applications have now been secured.

“There has been a lot of hard work, because planning can be a nightmare, but certainly we have had support from South Norfolk Council and Mid Suffolk District Council in our ambition and objectives.”

Park Radio is set to be based at Diss Youth and Community Centre in Shelfanger Road.

While it waits to join the air Park Radio has continued to be active in the community, with their new sponsored Mobile Events Unit, with invites to all three town carnivals this year, as well as fetes, fundraising events, including Park Alive in August.